Keep Learning!

Going Beyond the Classroom:

Check out these resources and ideas to KEEP LEARNING!

Math Websites:

  • Dreambox: Use Clever.com to log in to student Dreambox accounts.  The program leads students through lessons and activities aligned to our curriculum. 
  • Woot Math: Use Clever.com to log in to student Woot Math accounts.  The program helps students particularly with fraction and decimal concepts. 
  • Math Question of the Day: One question a day at all different grade levels.  This is a great resource for having quick math conversations at home!
  • Math Before Bed: Math discussion prompts that keep math concepts relevant, relatable, and verbal!
  • Which One Doesn't Belong:  There is no right answer!  Simply use your math reasoning to explain why one (or all!) don't belong!

Reading Websites:

  • Benchmark Curriculum: Use Clever.com to log in to student Benchmark accounts. This is our reading curriculum in 5th grade and includes many texts and tasks students can complete.
  • News ELA: A commonly used website by teachers, you can access nonfiction articles about pretty much anything.  The reading level can be adjusted on the articles to make them more or less challenging. 
  • Times for Kids: A website to read nonfiction articles about current events. 
  • Hennepin County Libraries: Take part in our amazing library system!

Kid Tested, Teacher Approved Websites:

These sites are kind of a mishmash, but mostly they are just really fun to explore and learn from!

  • The Kid Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages.
  • KidRex: Like Google for kids!
  • National Geiographic Kids: This is exactly what it sounds like- and there is SO much here!
  • Edheads: Edheads is an online educational resource that provides science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.
  • WonderopolisA wonder a day will keep kids' eyes open to discovery.
  • MPS Student Learning Resources: Our students have access to a wide variety of online resources through MPS.  Check them out!

Coding:

We will be tying in coding and computational thinking throughout the year.  Students will be creating a school login for each of these sites, but can certainly work on this at home as well!

  • Code.org: Students will be led through challenges and tasks in order to learn more about programming and debugging!
  • Scratch: Coders can create projects of all shapes and sizes: videos, stories, diagrams, games, and more!
    • Getting Unstuck: Tips and tricks for navigating tricky problems in Scratch.
  • Quick Draw: Work with a program that demonstrates abstraction with algorithms!

Podcasts:

There are SO many amazing and interesting podcasts out there.  Here are just a few that Ms. Thompson has found and loves!

  • Brains On!: St. Paul produced inquiry podcast about everything from feelings to how elevators work.
  • Wow in the World: Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
  • Smash Boom Best: Created by the producers at Brains On, this is a debate podcast!  Which is especially exciting to Ms. Thompson who used to coach debate!
  • But Why: A show where kids ask the quesitons, and they find the answers!
  • KidNuZ: KiDNuZ is a weekday, nonpartisan news podcast created just for kids. Listen in for today's top stories!